7 Best Weekend Getaways from Bangalore

The whole week of almost every individual living in the Silicon Valley goes in coding. To add on to it, the Diwali holidays that just went by have only made surviving this week even tougher. Well, let’s not brood about the same and make plans for the coming weekend. How about taking a short trip to some splendid destinations? Here’s presenting some amazing weekend getaways around Bangalore City. Read on to find our way of making your weekend extra special.

1. Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills Bangalore

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The first on the list has to be Nandi Hills. A highly popular destination for the residents of the city, it comes as a complete package. Spectacular views, adventure sports, camping, what else would one want for a rejuvenating weekend?

  • Activities: Trek or cycle to Nandi Hills with your group of friends and challenge your physical stamina. Once you reach the top, you’ll get a high like never before. Shout out loud! Bask in the glory! After you’re done with trekking during the day, enjoy camping at night. Trust me, there’s nothing better than gazing at the stars all night.
  • Distance from Bangalore: 60 km

2. Kunti Betta Trek

Kunti Betta Trek | #2 of 19 Weekend Getaways from Bangalore

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The region around Bangalore offers great avenues for adventure activities. It is in the air and whether or not you are into experiencing the highs of life, you eventually turn into one who loves indulging in adventure. Kunti Betta geographically lies in the Pandavapura town and the hills are elevated at an altitude of 2882m.

  • Activities: During the day, you may try out rappelling and kayaking, both of which have a charm of their own. The thrill of getting inside the waters and challenging them goes beyond explanation. The night trek is quite popular over here. Start over with trekking at around 1 a.m. in the night, don’t worry about company, you’ll have a lot of people with you enjoying the charms under the starry night. Don’t leave without witnessing the sunrise at the hills.
  • Distance from Bangalore: 123 km

3. Shivanasamudra Falls

Shivanasamudra Falls

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Located in the Mandya District, the Shivanasamudra Falls is a must-visit location for its sheer beauty and peaceful environment. The Shivanasamudra Falls is the second-largest in the country and falls from a height of 320-feet. The river Cauvery splits into two and ends into two downstream waterfalls – the Gaganachukki Falls and the Bharachukki Falls. While Gaganachukki Falls can only be watched from a tower, you can get to the bottom of the Bharachukki Falls and view it from a closer vicinity.

  • Activities: You can take a boat ride in the Cauvery. The boatmen here are extremely experienced and ensure you have a thrilling time and take you close to the falls. You can visit the Ranganathaswamy Temple located in the centre of the town. The temple is surrounded by markets on all sides and you can shop for food, local handicrafts, clothes, and wood and brassware here. Trekking is also a common activity in Shivanasamudra.
  • Distance from Bangalore: 133 km

4. Mysore


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Mysore is undoubtedly one of the most popular weekend destinations for those in Bangalore. This city in southwest Karnataka is rich in heritage and has a lot of well-maintained tourist spots. Silk, sandalwood, and handicrafts are popular items you can shop for here. Dussehra celebrations in Mysore attract millions of tourists from around the world.

  • Activities: Visit the Mysore Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and bask in its glory. Get a view of rare and majestic animals and birds in the Mysore Zoo. Spend a relaxed evening in the Brindavan Gardens. Take a trip to the Chamundeshwari Temple located on the Chamundi Hills or to one of the tallest churches in Asia, the St. Philomena’s Cathedral. You can rent a bike or a car and explore Mysore’s nooks and corners.
  • Distance from Bangalore: 145 km

5. Masinagudi

Masinagudi in Bangalore

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There’s nothing better than watching the wildlife in its natural surroundings. Take the jungle trail at Mudumalai National Park, Masinagudi located in the Nilgiri Hills and get a chance to take a look at deer, elephants, pythons, cobra, bears and wild boars.

  • Activities: Take an early morning safari or better an elephant ride that will take you through the beautiful wildlife sanctuary that is spread over an area of 321 km. Alternatively, you may relax your mind by drinking a cup of aromatic tea at the tea plantations. If you have some more time in hand and are game for another wildlife tour, go further ahead to Bandipur National Park that happens to be a 40 minute drive from Masinagudi.
  • Distance from Bangalore: 243 km

6. Chikmagalur


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Chikmagalur is a popular hill station in Karnataka that is located in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri Peak. The hill station is surrounded by tropical rainforests that ensure the climate is cool and pleasant year-round. This exciting hill station is filled with tourist spots, local markets, and great eateries and will leave you relaxed and refreshed.

  • Activities: Wildlife lovers will absolutely enjoy the trip to the Kudremukh National Park. Located at an altitude of 1800 metres above sea level, the park houses hundreds of species of animals, mammals, reptiles, and birds. Trekkers can enjoy the Kudremukh Trek that covers 9 km and is moderately challenging. You can take a tour of some of the beautiful coffee plantations in the hill station and enjoying buying fresh coffee from here too. There are adventure companies that arrange mountain biking, ziplining, and microlight flight activities around Chikmagalur.
  • Distance from Bangalore: 245 km

7. Dubare


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Dubare is known for its Elephant Camp and is located on the banks of the Cauvery. Dubare is a part of the Kodagu District and the elephants roam unchained. The elephants are all well-trained by expert mahouts and you can take an elephant ride around the camp. Apart from elephants, the camp is filled with a variety of other animals like sambhar, wild dogs, leopards, and crocodiles.

  • Activities: You can take a jeep safari into the Dubare Forest and enjoy the views of the wildlife. There are experts who can take you on a nature walk inside the forest in the mornings and you can spot interesting flora and fauna. Two of the top fun activities in the Dubare camp are elephant bathing and feeding. You can participate in these activities with the mahout around. You can visit the Chikliholi Reservoir and enjoy the lush greenery and the serene views of the spot.
  • Distance from Bangalore: 250 km

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